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By Suzanne C. Smeltzer

Now in its twelfth variation, Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing is designed to aid nurses in getting ready for his or her roles and tasks within the medical-surgical atmosphere. This top textbook makes a speciality of physiological, pathophysiological, and psychosocial thoughts as they relate to nursing care. Brunner is understood for its powerful Nursing approach concentration and its clarity. This variation keeps those strengths and comprises better appearance and higher portability for college students.

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Nurses directly involved in the delivery of care are engaged in analyzing data and refining the processes used in CQI. Their knowledge of the processes and conditions that affect patient care is critical in designing changes to improve the quality of the care provided. Closely related to the implementation of CQI is the move to transform health care through evidence-based practice (EBP). , 2007; Fineout-Overholt, Melnyk & Schultz, 2005). EBP includes the use of outcome assessment and standardized plans of care such as clinical guidelines, clinical pathways, and algorithms.

Bureau of the Census (2007) estimated that there were more than 303 million people in the country. Population growth is attributed in part to improved public health services and improved nutrition. Not only is the population increasing, but also its composition is changing. The decline in birth rate and the increase in lifespan due to improved health care have resulted in fewer school-age children and more senior citizens, many of whom are women. Much of the population resides in highly congested urban areas, with a steady migration of members of ethnic minorities to the inner cities and a migration of members of the middle class to suburban areas.

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